This is not really an airgun, but rather a percussion cap powered parlor pistol. Still, it is low powered, fairly quiet, and .177 caliber, so I’m including it. It’s a Pedersoli-made replica of a very rare piece that Remington made only 200 of in the 19th Century. Using a standard percussion cap it propels a 4.3mm lead ball at enough velocity to bury it into a phone book. I thought of chronographing a few shots but setting up the Chrony seemed a waste of time given that you don’t expect either accuracy or energy from this little gem.
What you do expect from Pedersoli is good workmanship, and this gun has it in abundance. It’s a close enough replica of the original that if it didn’t have the engraving under the barrel and on the side people would be passing them off as originals. It’s solid, too, and the heft reminds you that this is a real firearm I have a thing for parlor pistols, and for miniatures of all sorts, so buying this was a no-brainer. I bought mine from Dixie Gun Works, though Cabelas sells them as well (when they have them) . I think I paid around $135; prices have gone up since then.
In my testing I used both round balls and heavy .177 cal pellets, which were easier to load. I used mainly Beeman Crow Magnums and some H&N Barakudas I had lying around. Neither are as good as Crosman Premiers when fired in an airgun, but they were just fine in this toy. Shooting is easy . You remove the cap holder, insert a round ball or pellet, and press in the cap holder, which seats the ball into the rifling. Place a standard #11 percussion cap on the nipple and you’re ready to fire. You’ll want to wear a glove on your firing hand, as the gun does have the disconcerting tendency to spit bits of some caps off to the side. Take careful aim- there’s a sight notch and a tiny blade in front- and fire.
I fired mine quite a lot when new, but it’s mostly been sitting in a drawer for the last year. I suppose I’ll end up selling it, and buying another airgun or old Flobert rifle. After all, if I didn’t keep trading I wouldn’t have as much to write about, would I?